Elise Anderson coordinates the Uyghur Scholars Working Group for New Lines. She is a specialist on Uyghur issues whose work in advocacy and documentation has focused on calling for policy action on the Uyghur genocide. In addition to her role at New Lines, she is a senior program officer at Freedom House. She previously worked for the Uyghur Human Rights Project and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and rarun a freelance business specializing in translation and interpretation between Uyghur and English. Elise is widely regarded as an expert on the Uyghur crisis and has dozens of public talks on the topic, provided testimony to Canada’s House of Commons and the Uyghur Tribunal, and interpreted in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Her commentary on the crisis has appeared in a number of major media outlets, and her writing has been published in academic and popular publications. Elise holds dual Ph.D. degrees in Central Eurasian Studies and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University-Bloomington and is an alumna of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and Fulbright-Hays. She is on the council of the Society for Ethnomusicology, a steering committee member of the Xinjiang Documentation Project, and a member of the advisory council of the Athenai Institute.